Thomas Arnett – Jobs to Be Done with Change

Hello, and welcome to Episode 67 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.

This week on the show I am joined by Thomas Arnett, educational researcher and former middle school math teacher. Thomas is focused on disruptive change in K-12 education, and I recently heard him on the 10-Minute Teacher Cast with former guest Vicki Davis, where he talked about his research into instructional change. In that research, he connects the Jobs To Be Done theory with educators adopting new practices, and I was fascinated.

Thomas and I talk about the positive side of the slow pace of change, his research on teachers accepting and buying into change, students slipping through the cracks because the system isn’t meeting their needs, benefits of varied and innovative instructional models, the relationship between the School Board and the District, why teachers need a different lens when thinking about technology in the classroom, how technology can and can’t replace teachers, and how a great teacher can make you do things you don’t love.

So, sit back and enjoy Episode 67 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Thomas Arnett.


Thomas, thank you again for being on the show. You bring a great perspective to the conversation and I really enjoyed it.

To connect with Thomas, go to and use the About page. Or checkout Tom on twitter, @arnetttom.

If you have comments or questions about the show, you can always connect with me on twitter, @BradShreffler, and now on Instagram @BradShreffler as well. I love to hear from you there. That’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show. Or, the Feedback Page on my website gives you options for feedback as well, which you can find at

Until next week, think about the jobs you need done.


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